AgNIC, the Agriculture Network Information Center, is a project of the National Agricultural Library, land-grant Universities, and other research institutions. AgNIC seeks to collect and provide ready access to quality information sources on all aspects of agriculture, fisheries, forests, food, and the environment.
Each AgNIC participating institution is responsible for specific subject areas. Here at the University of Arkansas, the University Libraries contribute to two different subject portals.
The Rice Research and Practice portal provides links to comprehensive information on all aspects of rice, the world's most important food crop. The site provides information on rice research, extension, education, marketing, and policy developments. The catalogs of libraries in the top six rice-producing states in the United States and the departments and colleges where most of the rice research is conducted are also included. The site also lists rice organizations/associations, research boards, companies that import, export, or process rice, rice statistics, news of the industry, information on conferences, and delicious recipes.
The National Agricultural Law Center -- staffed by a team of law and research professors, lawyers, other specialists, and graduate assistants from the University of Arkansas School of Law Graduate Program in Agricultural Law -- conducts objective legal research and provides timely, accurate, and non-partisan agricultural information to those in the agricultural community. The site provides information on all aspects of agriculture and food law, with special "reading rooms" on topics such as biotechnology, food safety, and sustainable agriculture.
Arkansas Academy of Science
The Arkansas Academy of Science began meeting in 1917 as a group of scientists wishing to establish regular avenues of communication with one another and promote science and the dissemination of scientific information in the state. The major publication of the Academy is the Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science (1997 - ) and, previously, the Proceedings of the Arkansas Academy of Science (1941-1996). Through an exchange program, abstracting services and special subscriptions, the Journal is distributed to approximately 30 of our 50 states and 25 foreign countries.
The University of Arkansas Libraries have partnered with the Academy to make all volumes of the Journal and Proceedings available online. Volumes 1-65, 1941-2011, are now available. More...
Arkansas Black Lawyers
Law professor Judith Kilpatrick developed this site as part of her research on Wiley A. Branton, a graduate of the University of Arkansas who devoted his life to civil rights work. Arkansas Black Lawyers lists biographical information on almost 100 individuals who were admitted to practice law in the State of Arkansas before 1950, when Branton began to study law at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The Libraries host the site for Professor Kilpatrick who, though now retired, continues to add new details and new names.
Arkansas Historical Association
As part of the Index Arkansas project, the Libraries have posted the cumulative index to volumes 1-59 (1942-2000) of the Arkansas Historical Quarterly, the scholarly journal covering all aspects of the state's history and culture.
AHQ articles are also included in the Index Arkansas database, which indexes articles published from 1942 to the present.
The Arkansas Innovative User's Group (ArkIUG) was founded in 2002 to share expertise related to the integrated library system, Innovative Interfaces, used by twenty different institutions in the state. IUG members include public and private college and university libraries, public libraries, school libraries, and special libraries.
Members meet semi-annually to trade tips and techniques, to discuss cooperative projects, and to meet with trainers and representatives from Innovative Interfaces. The Libraries maintain the web site for the ArkIUG, and several UA librarians participate actively as officers or presenters.
The ARKLink consortium consists of 47 two- and four-year college and university libraries in the state and includes both public and private institutions. Founded in 1998, ARKLink has cooperated to create new services and to purchase new collections for students and faculty at member institutions.
One of the most successful programs has been the ARKLink card, a referral system that allows students at participating institutions to check out materials from other ARKLink libraries. A courier service has also helped to deliver Interlibrary Loan materials quickly across our far-flung state. Important research databases such as PsycINFO, CINAHL, the MLA International Bibliography, and Historical Abstracts are purchased cooperatively for the best possible vendor discounts.
The Libraries host the web site for ARKLink, and many UA librarians participate in its work as officers, committee chairs, and members.
CAST - Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies
The Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST) is a multidisciplinary unit of Fulbright College that focuses on research, education, outreach, and applications in geospatial analysis and modeling. The Libraries have collaborated wiht CAST to host an annual GIS Day event. The CAST web site hosts the MacDonald Imagery Film Collection (MC 1598), a project the Libraries have collaborated on with CAST, and the Department of Geosciences and Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences with research funding provided by the Arkansas Center for Space and Planetary Sciences.
Center for Research Libraries
The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a centralized collection
of scholarly research materials in all disciplines. CRL is an international
not-for-profit consortium of colleges, universities and libraries that
makes available scholarly research resources to users everywhere. CRL
is governed by the major research libraries of North America and is funded
by fees, grants and contributions. Its outstanding collections include
more than 3.5 million volumes of research materials rarely held in North
American libraries. CRL offers large collections of foreign dissertations,
newspapers, and microfilm sets. Because the University Libraries have
membership in CRL, University of Arkansas students, faculty, and staff
may borrow these collections through Interlibrary Loan. More...
CUARL - The Council of Uof A Research Libraries
The mission of the Council of University of Arkansas Research Libraries (CUARL) is to share, maintain, promote—and thereby expand—library resources and services offered to the students and faculty of the six four-year U of A research institutions in order to advance learning, teaching, research, service, and creativity in the state. During its inaugural year of 2007, CUARL members worked on initiatives related to digitization of original research materials, creating a K-12 portal to education resources from UA campuses, and resource sharing initiatives.
ESIG: The EPSCoR Science Information Group
EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a National Science Foundation program designed to strengthen research and science education in states that typically receive a smaller proportion of research grants. ESIG (The EPScoR Science Information Group) is a cooperative organization of libraries in EPSCoR states.
ESIG libraries have negotiated together to purchase important science and technology resources, including journals from Wiley / Blackwell Science and Springer.
GWLA: Greater Western Library Alliance
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) is a consortium of 31 research libraries located in the Midwest & Western U. S. with common interests in programs related to scholarly communication, interlibrary loan, shared electronic resources, cooperative collection development, digital libraries, staff development and continuing education.
The Libraries participate in several collaborative GWLA programs, including:
BioOne, a nonprofit venture to provide online access to scholarly journals in the biosciences, such as The Auk, Systematic Biology, and the Wilson Bulletin.
The new TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library is a collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975. GWLA and CRL are collaborating on this pilot project.
The Western Waters Digital Library contains government reports, classic water literature, legal transcripts, water project records, personal papers, photographic collections, and video materials about the Columbia, Colorado, Platte, and Rio Grande river basins.